Moved With Compassion

“And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude, and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.”  Matthew 14:14

In the verses before this, Jesus had left by boat to be alone.  He’d heard John the Baptist had been beheaded.

O Lord, fill me with compassion even when it’s not easy or convenient.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Held There

I long to be alone
– to check out and slip away
but the needs of those around me
– compel me yet to stay
to see them through Your eyes
– doing all that I can
for I, too, am held
– in the Compassionate One’s hand.


  1. I enjoyed your post. It made me think of one I wrote a few weeks ago on compassion. You may find it insightful as well. You can read it at:

    God bless,

  2. Hi Deb,

    Thanks for visiting and leaving such deep response. God is faithful and it is indeed scary if we can’t show mercy to those around us.

    God bless you today and always,

  3. Deb, I love this poem. It reminded me of what Paul said in Philippians 1:21-26:

    “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.”

    Like Paul, I long to be with Christ, but I am thankful that while here I am held in “the Compassionate One’s hand.” 🙂 Peace, Linda

  4. Thank you so much, Linda, for your thoughtful and scriptural comment. I love how you have a song or verse always, for every occasion. It shows what is in your heart! 🙂 love, deb

  5. God bless you too! 🙂 Thank you for all you do for Him and with Him!

  6. Hi Steve! Thanks for coming by! I loved how you looked into compassion, the fullness of it, and came away with so much more than sympathy or sorrow for others misfortunes. 🙂 God bless you!

  7. This poem is so perfectly titled. It demonstrates how compelling the Holy Spirit can be. Believer’s are enabled to love much because they are loved much. Great post, Deb.


  8. That is so true Theresa, that we can love much because of how much He loves us. 🙂 Now for me to remember that . . . God bless you!

  9. so true.
    there were times
    that i wanted to slip away
    but i stopped and thought
    of those who are just like me.
    i don’t want them going elsewhere
    but the Lord’s.

  10. Your comment left me in tears! Thank you so much! ❤

  11. Compassion is one of the keys to slipping away into another persons shoes…someone spoke of forgiveness recently, about how hard it is, but so fulfilling…and part of it is placing yourself in situations, kind of like the ‘WWJD’ acronym that was so popular many years ago…and a dash of empathy…God’s gifts waiting for us to use…

  12. What a beautiful, poetic comment! “God’s gifts waiting for us to use . . .” It’s in us and it’s a gift to give it. 🙂 Thank you for blessing us here!

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